About the Foundation

About the Foundation

The Lake Baikal Foundation for Environmental Applications and Research is a non-profit organization established to promote natural science, humanitarian projects and initiatives being implemented by protected areas, state, public and scientific institutions and that are aimed at preserving and developing the Baikal natural territory and Lake Baikal. The Foundation also works on the harmonization of information space around the Baikal natural territory and Lake Baikal and strives for close cooperation with experts in each area of its activities.

Principles of grant support for projects

The Foundation supports research projects that seek to study and overcome environmental problems of the lake and to reveal its scientific and social innovation potential.

The Foundation makes a decision on grant support for a project if the project meets one or more principles:

  1. Necessity. The Foundation supports projects and initiatives that are valuable for the preservation and sustainable development of the Baikal Natural Territory and Lake Baikal, but which cannot receive enough funds from other sources. The implementation of such projects would have been impossible without the financial contribution of the Foundation. An example of such a project is the environmental monitoring program on Lake Baikal «Point No1», which does not cease its activities and provides regular data on the state of the lake thanks to the systematic grant support of the Foundation;
  2. Modality. The project should be a model solution for environmental problems and for the revealing of the scientific and social potential of natural objects in the region, which could be replicated and adapted within the Baikal Natural Territory and beyond it taking into account local features. «Trash Free National Parks» is an example of a project whose system solutions made it possible to replicate the experience to other natural territories, turning the project into a comprehensive program to reduce littering in the Baikal Natural territory;
  3. Focus on the development of local communities. The project activities should be carried out taking into account the interests and needs of the local communities and should also be aimed at spreading reliable environmental knowledge among the residents of the region. The locals should understand and share the principles of sustainable development, have sufficient information about the endemics of the region, such as the Baikal seal, about the principles of sustainable waste management and the rules of careful water management. The Baikal Nature Reserve School is an example of an ecological and educational project implemented in accordance with the needs of local residents, including socially vulnerable categories of people, and aimed at forming an ecological culture.

All projects are consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and are focused on achieving five of them: SDG 4 «Quality education», SDG 6 «Clean water and sanitation», SDG 12 «Responsible consumption and production», SDG 15 «Life on land» and SDG 17 «Partnership for the Goals». To learn more about the Foundation’s projects and their contribution to sustainable development, see the section «Mission and Goals».


The Foundation is a member of the section «Protection of water objects» of the Scientific and Technical Council (NTS) of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor), as well as a member of the Expert Council of the ASI (Agency for Strategic Initiatives) and of the Basin Council of the Angara-Baikal Basin District. Lake Baikal Foundation is granted Accreditation as an observer to the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and  is the first and only Russian member of the World Water Council.


The Foundation is financed by donations from private donors, corporate partners and population. In addition, the Foundation participates in competitions for non-profit organizations held by both public and private organizations. The Foundation is four time winner of the contest of Presidential Grants Foundation.

All the reports of Lake Baikal Foundation, including accounting (financial) ones, are presented in the section «Reports».


Values of Lake Baikal Foundation

Charter of the Lake Baikal Foundation for Environmental Applications and Research

Certificate of state registration of a legal entity

Certificate of state registration of a non-profit organization

Certificate of registration with the tax authority

Regulations on the Baikal Seal Charity Program

Cooperation Agreements

The United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Accreditation

The World Water Council Welcome Letter

Agreement on cooperation with Agency for Strategic Intitiatives

Agreement on cooperation and interaction with A.N. Severtsov Institute for Ecology and Evolution of RAS

The Lake Baikal Foundation for Environmental Applications and Research pursues charitable and research objectives aimed at preserving the Lake Baikal natural territory and promoting its sustainable development. Join us!

Contact us via: +7 (963) 611 25 92